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Learning To Program With Code Vs Using Gui Tools.


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Hi,

 

I've noticed a movement lately where people are learning to code with pseudo languages that look like lego blocks rather than actual code.

 

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... The idea is that you can learn code concepts using the blocks, making it easier for students.

 

Why do I disagree?

The major problem with GUI based programming tools is that ALL the popular languages used in the real world are code based:

 

Java

JavaScript

PHP

Ruby

C#

Python

objective C

 

…. And the list goes on.

 

Drag-n-drop lego-block programming is not reflective of the real world.

 

Students need to develop what I call ‘nerd eyes’ - the ability to read code. This becomes critically important as student progresses into the world of programming.

 

Being able to read code quickly has a huge impact on the student’s progression when it comes to learning how to program. In addition, nerd-eyes has a huge impact on debugging, understanding codebases and just simply in day-to-day programming.

 

 

Stef

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I concur. The GUI method is great but it is indeed important to know the code. I just dealt with one of those types of sites and although it was easy to manipulate I found myself making some changes to the code because the GUI did not give me the exact custom design I was looking for.

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